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Name:Anders Johansen
Nationality: Danish
Born: 18 February 1977 in Copenhagen
Marital status: Married, two children born 2011 (Laura) and 2016 (Viktor)
Present position: Full Professor of Astronomy at Lund University
Address: Bardisangränden 28, 226 48 Lund, Sweden
E-mail:anders (at)
Phone number: +46 46 22 21589 (office) / +46 736 84 96 98 (mobile)
Fax number: +46 46 22 24614
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2004-2007  PhD studies at Max Planck Institute for Astronomy and Heidelberg University
PhD thesis: "Numerical models of the early stages of planet formation"
Supervisors: Thomas Henning and Hubert Klahr
Graduated with "summa cum laude" mark
2002-2004 Master's degree studies in astronomy at Copenhagen University
Master's thesis: "Ice condensation, dust coagulation and vortex activity in protoplanetary discs"
Supervisors: Åke Nordlund, Axel Brandenburg and Anja C. Andersen
1998-2002 Bachelor′s degree studies in physics and astronomy at Copenhagen University
Bachelor′s thesis: "Detections of planetary transits with the GAIA satellite"
Supervisor: Erik Høg
1993-1996 High school at Øregaard Gymnasium in Hellerup (Denmark)


12/2016- Full Professor of Astronomy at Lund University, Lund, Sweden
11/2013-12/2016 Senior Lecturer at Lund University, Lund, Sweden
05/2010-11/2013 Associate Senior Lecturer at Lund University, Lund, Sweden
01/2010-04/2010 Veni Fellow at Leiden University, Leiden, The Netherlands
02/2008-12/2009 Postdoctoral fellow at Leiden University, Leiden, The Netherlands
07/2007-01/2008  Postdoc at Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, Heidelberg, Germany

Docent degree

Docent competence in astronomy and astrophysics obtained June 2013 at Lund University

Scientific interests

  • Planet formation and protoplanetary discs
  • Exoplanets
  • Magnetised accretion discs
  • Turbulence
  • Dust dynamics and turbulent diffusion
  • Self-gravity and particle-mesh methods
  • Supercomputing and parallel programming

Grants and fellowships

  • ERC Consolidator Grant from the European Research Council (2017-2021; PI; 2,000,000 EUR)
    For PLANETESYS project on building the next-generation planet formation model
  • Grant from the Royal Physiographic Society in Lund (2015-2016; PI; 200,000 SEK)
    To fund computer hardware for research projects and related travel.
  • Swedish Research Council Project Grant for Young Researchers (2015-2018; PI; 3,200,000 SEK)
    To fund a PhD position in the topic of planet formation
  • Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation Project Grant (2015-2020; co-I; 44,700,000 SEK)
    For project to study the bottlenecks in the growth of particles in turbulence, with applications both to terrestrial clouds and planet formation. The PI is Bernhard Mehlig of Gothenburg University.
  • Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation Project Grant (2015-2020; co-PI; 23,200,000 SEK)
    For IMPACT project to study the impact history of the Earth. The PIs of the project are Melvyn B. Davies, Anders Johansen and Birger Schmitz.
  • Wallenberg Academy Fellow grant (2013-2017; PI; 5,000,000 SEK)
    For project on the formation of icy planetesimals and their delivery of volatiles to Earth.
  • VR Breakthrough Research Grant (2013-2016; co-I; 4,000,000 SEK)
    For project to identify grains from the nearby young star Beta Pictoris in terrestrial sediments. The PI is Birger Schmitz.
  • ERC Starting Grant from the European Research Council (2012-2016; PI; 1,300,000 EUR)
    For PEBBLE2PLANET project on formulating a new planet formation theory framework.
  • Swedish Research Council Project Grant (2011-2014; PI; 2,400,000 SEK)
    To fund a PhD position in the topic of planet formation.
  • Grant from the Royal Physiographic Society in Lund (2011-2012; PI; 125,000 SEK)
    To fund computer hardware for research projects and related travel.
  • Veni Grant (2009; PI; 250,000 EUR)
    Three year fellowship given by the Dutch science foundation NWO.
  • Otto Hahn Medal Fellowship (2008; PI; 25,000 EUR)
    One year fellowship given by the Max Planck Society (declined).
  • The Annette Kade Student Fellowship Program (2006)
    For six weeks scientific visit to the American Museum of Natural History.

Prizes and awards

  • "Sten von Friesen prize" (Royal Physiographic Society of Lund, 2015)
    For contributions to the area of planet formation
  • "Harold C. Urey Prize in Planetary Science" (Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society, 2013)
    For outstanding achievement in planetary research (link to prize motivation)
  • "Otto Hahn Medal" (Max Planck Society, 2007)
    Given to the top 5% PhD theses in the Max Planck institutes
    (prize includes one year fellowship paid by the Max Planck Society)
  • "The Patzer Prize" (Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, 2007)
    For best refereed paper by PhD student at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in 2007
  • "The Annette Kade Student Fellowship Program" (American Museum of Natural History, 2006)
    For 6 weeks scientific visit at the American Museum of Natural History
  • "The Patzer Prize" (Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, 2005)
    For best refereed paper by PhD student at the Max Planck Insitute for Astronomy in 2005
  • Christian og Ottilia Brorsons Rejselegat (2004)
    For covering moving costs


  • Head of Department of Astronomy and Theoretical Physics (Lund University, since 2016)
  • Member of Swedish National Committee for Astronomy (since 2013)
  • Member of Department of Astronomy and Theoretical Physics board (Lund University, 2013-2015)
  • Member of Swedish National Committee of Astronomy (since 2013)
  • Steering group member of COMPUTE research school (Lund University, since 2012)
  • Study director of COMPUTE research school (Lund University, 2012-2015)
  • Coordinator of Master's programme in Astrophysics (Lund University, 2010-2015)

Teaching experience

  • "FYTA14 - Fluid Dynamics" (Lund University, 2015)
  • "Chronology of solar system formation V: the first solids and the first planetesimals" (invited lecturer, Les Houches winter school, 2013)
  • "ASTB01 - Introduction to Astrophysics" (Lund University, annually 2012-2015, course responsible)
  • "IMPRS Summer School 2011: Characterizing exoplanets - from formation to atmospheres" (invited lecturer, Heidelberg, August 2011)
  • "ASTM20 - Planetary Systems" (Lund University, annually since 2010, bi-annually since 2014, course responsible)
  • "The magnetorotational instability and accretion disc turbulence: an overview" (invited lecturer, Kobe University, June 2009)
  • "Supercomputing and Numerical Techniques in Astrophysics Fluid Flow Modelling" (invited lecturer, winter school at University of Evora, 2008)
  • "Hydrodynamics II - Numerical methods and applications" (assistant teacher, Heidelberg University, 2007)
  • "Mathematics A" (assistant teacher, Copenhagen University, 2003)

Supervision of postdocs

  • Abbas Askar (Postdoc, Lund University, 2018-)
  • Beibei Liu (Postdoc, Lund University, 2018-)
  • Sebastian Lorek (Postdoc, Lund University, 2018-)
  • Michiel Lambrechts (Postdoc, Lund University, 2017-)
  • Alexander Mustill (Senior Research Fellow, Lund University, 2014-)
  • Bertram Bitsch (Senior Research Fellow, Lund University, 2014-2016)
  • Chao-Chin Yang (Postdoc / Senior Research Fellow, Lund University, 2012-2017)

Supervision of PhD students

  • Simona Pirani (Lund University, 2015-)
  • Matthäus Schulik (Lund University, 2015-)
  • Noemi Schaffer (Lund University, 2015-)
  • Katrin Ros (Lund University, 2012-, including maternity leave)
  • Karl Wahlberg Jansson (Lund University, 2012-2017)
  • Daniel Carrera (Lund University, 2012-2016)
  • Michiel Lambrechts (Lund University, 2010-2015)

Supervision of Master's students

  • Linn Eriksson (Lund University, 2017-2018)
  • Matthew Agnew (Lund University, 2014-2015)
  • Katrin Ros (Lund University, 2011-2012)
  • David Huijser (Leiden University, 2009-2010, co-supervised by Peter Katgert)
  • Michiel Lambrechts (Leiden University, 2008-2009, co-supervised by Yuri Levin)

Supervision of Bachelor's students

  • Linn Eriksson (Lund University, 2016)
  • Daniel Mikkola (Lund University, 2015)
  • Joakim Eriksson (Lund University, 2014)
  • Erik Jeppsson (Lund University, 2013)
  • Erik Dahlén (Lund University, 2012)
  • Viktor Holmelin (Lund University, 2011)

Seats in university politics

  • Student seat in physics study board at the Niels Bohr Institute (2003)
  • Student seat in Astronomical Observatory (at Copenhagen University) department board (2002-2004)

Language proficiency

  • Danish (mother tongue)
  • English (fluent)
  • Swedish (conversational level)
  • German (conversational level)
  • Dutch (fairly good)
  • Spanish (fairly good)
  • Norwegian (perfect understanding)

Computer experience

  • Programming skills: Fortran 95, IDL, Linux/C-shell, MPI, Perl, PHP
  • Co-developer of the Pencil Code (a highly modular, parallel MHD code) since 2003
    Developed dust and particle modules, particle-mesh methods, self-gravity, worked on general code structure

Invited conference and workshop talks

  • "Comets: A new vision after Rosetta/Philae" (Toulouse, November 2016)
  • "New Directions in Planet Formation" (Leiden, July 2016)
  • "EXOPLANETS I" (Davos, July 2016)
  • "How primitive are comets?" (Bad Honnef, April 2016)
  • "Planet Formation and Evolution 2016" (Duisburg, March 2016)
  • "The Delivery of Water to Proto-planets, Planets and Satellites" (Bern, January 2016)
  • "Quarks to Universe in Computational Science (QUCS2015)" (Nara, Japan, November 2015)
  • "From clouds to protoplanetary disks: the astrochemical link" (Berlin, October 2015)
  • "Goldsmith Conference 2015" (Prague, August 2015)
  • "NBI summer School on Protoplanetary Disks and Planet Formation" (Copenhagen, August 2015)
  • "Star and Planet Formation in the Southwest" (Tucson, Arizona, March 2015)
  • "Svenska Rymdforskares Samarbetsgrupp 2015" (Gothenburg, March 2015)
  • "Complex plasma phenomena in the Laboratory and in the Universe" (Rome, January 2015)
  • "The Milky Way Unravelled by Gaia" (Barcelona, December 2014)
  • "The disk in relation to the formation of planets and their protoatmospheres" (Beijing, August 2014)
  • "Non-ideal MHD, Stability, and Dissipation in Protoplanetary Disks" (Copenhagen, August 2014)
  • "Asteroids, Comets, Meteors" (Helsinki, June-July 2014)
  • "Conference on Dynamics of Particles in Flows" (Stockholm, June 2014)
  • "StarPlan retreat" (Bormio, February 2014)
  • "Star and Planet Formation For All" (Lund, February 2014)
  • "45th Annual Meeting of the Divison for Planetary Sciences" (Denver, October 2013)
  • "The Pluto System on the Eve of Exploration by New Horizons: Perspectives and Predictions" (Laurel, Maryland, July 2013)
  • "Protostars and Planets VI" (Heidelberg, July 2013)
  • "Rocks'n'stars" (Göttingen, October 2012)
  • "The warm universe: astrochemistry at intermediate and elevated temperatures" (Tallinn, May-June 2012)
  • "The origins of stars and their planetary systems" (Hamilton, Canada, June 2012)
  • Opening symposium of "Astrophysical Flow Instabilities and Turbulence" (Göttingen, February 2012)
  • "Formation of the first solids in the solar system" (Kauai, Hawaii, November 2011)
  • "Swedish Astronomers' Days" (Gothenburg, September-October 2011)
  • "StarPlan staff retreat" (Geilo, Norway, February 2011)
  • "The Astrophysics of Planetary Systems: Formation, Structure, and Dynamical Evolution (IAU Symposium 276)" (Torino, October 2010)
  • "Advances in Plasma Astrophysics (IAU Symposium 274)" (Giardini-Naxos, Italy, September 2010)
  • "Evolving Theory for Planet Formation" (Ishigaki Island, Japan, June 2010)
  • "Exoplanets Rising: Astronomy and Planetary Science at the Crossroads" (Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, April 2010)
  • "Exoplanets for all" (Lund, February 2010)
  • "Fluid Dynamics in Planetary Sciences" (Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur, January 2010)
  • "Angular momentum transport and energy release in accretion discs" (Cambridge University, September 2009)
  • "The dynamics of discs and planets" (Cambridge University, August 2009)
  • "Origins of solar systems" (Mt Holyoke College, Massachusets, July 2009)
  • "Workshop on the magnetorotational instability in protoplanetary disks" (Kobe University, June 2009)
  • "The astrophysics of the magnetorotational instability and related processes" (Ringberg, Germany, April 2009)
  • "Planet formation and evolution: the solar system and extrasolar planets" (Tübingen, March 2009)
  • "Turbulence-assisted planetary growth" (Uppsala University, February 2009)
  • "Cosmic magnetic fields: from planets, to stars and galaxies" (Puerto Santiago, Tenerife, November 2008)
  • "Origin and evolution of planets 2008" (Ascona, June-July 2008)
  • "Planet formation processes and the development of prebiotic environments" (Pasadena, March 2008)

Colloquia and seminars

  • Steward Observatory/NOAO Joint Colloquium, March 2016
  • Ta-Lab Colloquium, Nagoya University, November 2015
  • Astrophysics Seminar, Radboud University Nijmegen, July 2015
  • Physics Colloquium, TU Braunschweig, May 2015
  • Seminar, Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, July 2014
  • Astronomy Colloquium, ETH Zurich, November 2013
  • Seminar, University of Leicester, September 2013
  • APS colloquium, University of Colorado Boulder, October 2013
  • ICC colloquium, University of Barcelona, January 2013
  • Seminar, Centre de Recherches Pétrographiques et Géochimiques at CNRS in Nancy, April 2012
  • Seminar, Onsala Space Observatory, June 2011
  • Seminar, Stockholm Observatory, Stockholm University, November 2010
  • Seminar, Center for Star and Planet Formation, University of Copenhagen, September 2010
  • Astronomy Colloquium, The University of Texas at Austin, April 2010
  • Informal Seminar, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, March 2010
  • Astrophysics Colloquium, University of Amsterdam, November 2009
  • AIP Colloquium, Astrophysikalisches Institut Potsdam, November 2009
  • DTA Colloquium, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, June 2009
  • Wednesday seminar, University of Zürich, April 2009
  • Seminar, Centre for Plasma Astrophysics, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, February 2009
  • Theory Lunch, UC Berkeley, March 2008
  • MHD lunch seminar, Laboratoire de Radioastronomie ENS, Paris, November 2007
  • Seminar, DAMTP, University of Cambridge, June 2007
  • Seminar, CITA, University of Toronto, April 2007
  • Oberseminar, TU Braunschweig, February 2007
  • Seminar, Sterrewacht Leiden, January 2007
  • Seminar, Stockholm Observatory, January 2007
  • Departmental Seminar, Uppsala Astronomical Observatory, January 2007
  • Wunch, Princeton, May 2006
  • Monday Seminar, American Museum of Natural History, May 2006
  • Astrophysikalisches Seminar, Tübingen, January 2006

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